Chevy Blazer Running At Nine Days Supply As Of March 20220
At the beginning of March 2022, Chevy Blazer national supply was at just nine days, GM Authority has learned from sources familiar with GM’s inventory situation. By comparison, it was at a mere 11 days this past December and a scant five days in November.
Supply of the midsize crossover has been low for well over a year now. As far back as September 2020, nationwide Blazer supply at Chevrolet dealerships across the U.S. was running at 28 days as of the beginning of that month. The figure was the same in January 2021. By the end of February 2021, supply had increased slightly to 31 days. Two months later, it had dropped again to just 16 days before falling to 12 days as of the beginning of July, and to eight days as of the first week of August. The optimal figure for the U.S. auto industry is 60 days.
The continuing drop in inventory suggests a considerable excess of demand over supply for the Chevy Blazer. This can often be explained by the various ongoing parts and material shortages, headlined by the ongoing global semiconductor microchip shortage that GM predicts will diminish later in 2022. The scenario has impacted vehicle production at auto plants around the world, including the GM Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico where the Blazer is produced. In fact, Blazer production was idled from August 23rd to September 6th, before finally restarting on October 18th.
At GM, smaller vehicles like the Blazer and Chevy Equinox have been impacted the most by the microchip shortage. Since the automaker’s larger vehicles, like full-size trucks and SUVs, tend to be more profitable, the automaker continues to prioritize its chip supply for plants that build these vehicles.
Limited inventory of the Chevy Blazer continues to negatively impact sales. During 2021, the Blazer posted a 26 drop in sales volume to 70,325 units, placing 12th from 20 entries in its expanded segment with a three percent segment share, down two percentage points year-over-year. Sales of the Bow Tie brand’s popular midsize crossover underperformed the segment last year, which grew 9 percent to 2.1 million units. The Blazer placed mid-pack in the segment during Q4 2021.
Sales Numbers - Midsize & Full-Size Mainstream Crossovers - 2021 - United States
|MODEL||YTD 21 / YTD 20||YTD 21||YTD 20||YTD 21 SHARE||YTD 20 SHARE|
|JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE||+26.05%||264,444||209,786||13%||11%|
|HYUNDAI SANTA FE||+11.23%||112,071||100,757||5%||5%|
GM recently revealed the refreshed 2023 Chevy Blazer. Outside the updated crossover receives a restyled front fascia with a new bumper, different LED headlights and daytime running lights along with a revised grille, plus a new taillight design.
Inside, the refreshed Blazer features an all-new 10-inch diagonal infotainment screen, which is standard across all trim levels. A new wireless phone charger is also now available as an option across all trim levels and will be standard on the range-topping RS and Premier trims.
Chevy has also made some minor changes to the Blazer’s active safety tech. For the 2023 model year, Adaptive Cruise Control availability will be expanded to the 2LT and 3LT trim levels. The Chevy Safety Assist package becomes standard, bringing popular safety tech such as Automatic Emergency Braking, Following Distance Indicator, Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning and IntelliBeam automatic high beams.
GM’s turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY gasoline engine remains standard on the 2023 Blazer 2LT, 3LT, and Premier, producing 228 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque. The naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LGX gasoline engine, meanwhile, is standard on the RS trim level and is available as an option on the 3LT and Premier. The LGX V6 is rated at 308 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Both of these engines come paired with the GM nine-speed automatic transmission with front-wheel-drive standard and all-wheel-drive optional.
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